Month: July 2015

I Am Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes

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I was approved for “I Am Pilgrim” as an arc in 2014 and I hate to admit that I am just now getting around to it. I requested far too many books last year and I have several more to catch up on. But as far as this book goes, I’m right in the middle: I neither loved it nor loathed it. As far as the positives, I felt that the writing was engaging and I had no problems creating the author’s world in my mind and was thoroughly entertained. But there were the negatives that kept it from being a winner for me. I felt that it was way too long by about 300 pages…I felt there were characters that didn’t really contribute to the story…I didn’t like the varying POV’s and thought that the story had too many directions. With that being said, the negatives weren’t so strong that it kept me from enjoying the read altogether and I would recommend reading it as many people really loved this one.

Summer of Good Intentions, by Wendy Francis

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The Summer of Good Intentions is an ideal summer read. It is full of ever-changing family dynamics and ailments. It focuses from the POV of three sisters and their families, as well as their mother and father (the parents are separated).

Every summer the family travels from their various homes and head to their summer home in Cape Cod to visit each other and reconnect. This year in particular is more dramatic, heartbreaking, and touching than the times in the past.

There were parts in the book that were summarized when I felt that there should have been more focus and I was surprised that three sisters could get together without one dramatic episode of arguing or jealousy…had that happened then it would have been a bit more realistic for me rather than the illnesses that occurred. Other than that, I did find it to be an enjoyable read. I would recommend as a satisfying summer read.